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Theology and Religion

**What do people believe about the world and their place in it? How do those beliefs shape society and culture? Can those beliefs be critically examined, scrutinised and tested?** At the Department of Theology and Religion, the answer to the final question is 'Yes'. We teach you how to use the tools of philosophy, social science, history, literature and language to understand human beliefs and worldviews, past and present. We do this both from within, seeking to test our own beliefs for clarity and coherence, and from without, as critical observers. We have a historic strength in the study of Christian thought, history, practice, and texts, while offering strong provision in other areas such as politics, ethics, non-Christian faith traditions, humanism and atheism (which are also belief systems). **Year 1** Four compulsory modules are taken in the first year, as follows: Worldview, Faith and Identity (world religions) Introduction to Biblical Studies (scriptural studies) Christianity in Context (historical studies) Introduction to Christian Theology (philosophical studies) and two optional modules from a list which in the past has included: Islam Observed God and Evil Biblical Hebrew God and the Good: Philosophy of Religion and Ethics New Testament Greek A module from another department (such as Arabic, or Ethics and Values). One of these optional modules may be taken in your second year. **Year 2** Beyond the first year, you have the opportunity to either develop your expertise in all of these areas, or to specialise in one or more according to your interests. Here are some examples of modules that have previously been offered in the second year: Atheism, Belief, and the Edge of Reason Science and Theology: Exploring the Interface Literature and Theology of the Old Testament Sacred India: Land, Politics, and Identity Faith, Identity and Power in Latin America Jewish Religion in Antiquity: Belief Systems, Ethics, Political Conflicts Philosophy and the Christian Tradition 100–1300 Imaging God The Making of Modern Christianity: Medieval and Reformation Europe Religion in Contemporary Britain Myth and Meaning New Testament Theology: Exploring Paul and John Death, Ritual and Belief Catholic Identity in the Modern World. In your second year you may also take up to two modules in other departments. **Year 3** In your final year, you will submit a double dissertation which allows you to explore in depth a topic of your choice which is of special interest to you. In the third year you can also take optional modules, selecting from a list which in the past has included: Jesus Christ in the Twentieth Century Competing Gospels: Jesus Inside and Outside the Canon Issues in Old Testament Studies Religious Diversity in African Context The Sociology of Conservative Protestantism Theology, Nature, Environment The Thought of St Thomas Aquinas The First Urban Churches Biblical Theology Religion and Film Emotion, Religion and Identity Christian Tradition and the Practice of Politics. The Postmodern God. If not taken in the second year (see above), you may also take up to two Finals modules (in total) in another department. We review course structures and core content (in light of e.g. external and student feedback) every year, and will publish finalised core requirements for 2020 entry from September 2019. **Study Abroad** Durham University currently has over 240 student exchange agreements across the world as part of our International Exchange programmes. Our partner institutions are spread across the globe from Austria to New Zealand. Students apply for this opportunity during their first two years and (if successful) spend a year, between their second and third years at Durham in one of our overseas partner institutions. For more information on this course, please see our website.

  • Qualification
    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)
  • Study mode
  • Duration
    3 years
  • Start date
  • Location
    College of St Hild and St Bede,DurhamUnited Kingdom
  • Fees & Finances
  • EU Year 1 £9,250
  • England Year 1 £9,250
  • Northern Ireland Year 1 £9,250
  • Scotland Year 1 £9,250
  • Wales Year 1 £9,250
  • International Year 1 £19,250